Dr D. N Karanja Biography

Dr Davis N. Karanja is the Chairman, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, and an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology. He aspires to lead a cohesive work force that innovatively addresses the aspirations and needs of all clients associated with the Department, but within the University of Nairobi policy frameworks.



Barre, A, Karanja DN, Bebora LC, Gitao CG.  2022.  Prevalence of Brucellosis in Camel Slaughter Population in Garissa County, Kenya. . OSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. 15(1):39-46.


Nancy, M, Githigia S, Karanja D, Mbae C, Zeyhle E, Mulinge E, Magambo J, ogolla K.  2020.  Prevalence and intensity of gastrointestinal parasites in donkeys in selected abattoirs in Kenya. . Hindawi Scientifica . Article ID 5672140(
Achollah, AM, Karanja DN, Ng’ang’a CJ, Bebora LC.  2020.  Causes of organ condemnations in cattle at slaughter and associated financial losses in Siaya County, Kenya. Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health . 12(2):27-35.


Davis, NK, Raphael GW, Cecilia MO, Catherine NK.  2019.  Perceptions and Attitudes of Academic Staff Towards Agricultural Training in Universities. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research. 7(4):375–386.


Karoki, WH, Karanja DN, Bebora LC, Njagi LW.  2018.  Isolation, Characterization, and Quantification of Bacteria from African Sausages sold in Nairobi County. Hindawi International Journal of Food Science. Article ID 3861265(


Odindo, MK, Mbuthia P G, Njagi L W, DN K.  2015.  Prevalence and Clinico-pathological Manifestations of Avian Leukosis in Chicken in Nairobi and Surroundings. , Nairobi: University of Nairobi
PO, O, Gathumbi P K, DN K, C BL, JD M, and others.  2015.  Survey of Health Status of Domestic Rabbits in Selected Organized Farms in Kenya. International Journal of veterinary Science. 4(1):15-22.


Onyango, OP, Karuri GP, Njuguna KD, DEMESI MANDEJOHN.  2014.  Etiology and predisposing factors of diseases of domestic rabbits from selected areas in kenya. , Nairobi: University of Nairobi
Kihu, SM, Gitao GC, Bebora LC, J NM, Wairire GC, Maingi N, Wahome RG, Karanja DN, and others.  2014.  Clinical, Pathological and Molecular Investigations of Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus Infection in Goats from Turkana County in Kenya. British Journal of Virology. 1:98-102.
P, K, AN K, DN K.  2014.  Fatal obstructive urolithiasis in a 5 month old buck: A case report. International Journal of veterinary Science . 3(1):40-42.
P, K, AN K, WE M, E M, DN K.  2014.  Diffuse peritonitis associated with ventral hernia in an adult doe: A case report. IOSR Journal of Agriculture and veterinary sciences. 7(1):53-55.


DN, K, TA N, JK W, C BL.  2013.  Systemic porcine salmonellosis: A potential zoonosis and cause of mortality in small-holder pig farm in Kenya. Tanzania Veterinary Journal. 28(1):8-13.


6. Karanja, DN, Ngatia TA, Wabacha JK, Bebora LC.  2012.  Outbreak of neurological disorder associated with streptococcus suis in a pig multiplication unit in Kenya. Kenya Veterinarian. 37(1):15-17.


DN, K, TA N, JK W, C BL.  2011.  Cases of poisoning encountered naturally in smallholder farms in Nairobi and its environs. Kenya Veterinarian. 36:55-63.
JK, M, JM M, AG T, DN K, DW G.  2011.  Clinical, hematological, biochemical and pathological manifestations of subacute toxicity due to Nicadra physaloides (L) Gaertn in calves. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production Africa. 59:53-59.
Aleri, JW, Kipyegon AN, Mande JD, Mulei CM, Karanja DN.  2011.  Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Due to Babesiosis in a Dog: Case Report. AbstractWebsite

Abstract: A case of acute respiratory distress syndrome due to babesiosis is reported in a 5 years old male Japanese sptiz. The patient was noticed to have developed sudden dyspnoea. The main presenting clinical signs included laboured breathing, broad-base stance but preferred recumbency, pallour and seizures. Blood smears from the ear tips revealed presence of multiple Babesia parasites in the erythrocytes. Hematology results showed slight leucocytosis, severe anemia and thrombocytopenia. Additionally, urinalysis revealed renal pathology and presence of leucocytes in urine. Despite aggressive measures to stabilize the patient, it died within an hour. Autopsy results also confirmed Babesiosis with generalized icterus.



Karanja, DN;, Ngatia TA;, Wabacha JK;, Bebora LC.  2008.  The Sensitivity And Specificity Of Clinical Signs, Post-mortem Findings And Isolation Of Escherichia Coli In Diagnosing Edema Disease Of Swine.. Abstract

Commonly used diagnost ic techniques for edema disease in Kenya were tested for their sensitivity and specificity on 84 pig carcasses submitted to Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology between June 2004 and June 2007. Clinical signs gathered from anamnesis, post - mortem lesions revealed at autopsy and E. coli isolated from intestinal contents and characterized using biochemical tests and polymerase chain reacti on were compared using receiver - operating characteristic analyses. A combination of clinical signs, post - mortem findings and isolation of E. coli carrying F18 and shiga - toxin type II variant genes were used as gold standard test. Forty nine (58.3%) cases w ere diagnosed as edema disease, based on clinical signs and post - mortem findings . Of these, thirty eight (77.6%) had variable amounts of edema in various body si tes and clinically, twenty six (53.1%) had neurological signs, 18 (36.7%) were found dead, 3 ( 6.1%) had swollen eyelids and 2 (4.1%) expressed respiratory distress. Hemolytic E. coli carrying the tested genes were isolated from thirty one (62.2%) of these cases. Presence of edema in various body cavities and observation of defined clinical signs h ad 75.3% and 57.4% sensitivity, respectively. Considered individually, the sensitivity was 64.7% for found dead, 50% for neurological signs and 84.4% for isolating hemolytic E. coli. All had a specificity of 81.3%. The results show that none of the diagnos tic techniques had the expected 100% sensitivity and specificity, but isolation of hemolytic E. coli may be an important screening test for suspected edema disease cases

D, DRNJUGUNAKARANJA.  2008.  Nganga J C, Karanja D N and Mutune M N. The prevalence of gastrointestinal helminth infections in pigs in Kenya.. Trop. Anim. Health Prod. 40:331-334. : Springer



Bebora, LC;, Ngatia TA;, Karanja DN;, Wabacha JK;, Kuria JN.  2006.  Postweaning Diarrhea, Meningitis And Infertility Are Emerging Threats To Pig Industry In Kenya.


D, DRNJUGUNAKARANJA.  2005.  Karanja D N, Yeboah R K, Yokoyama N and Igarashi I. Alternative laboratory methods for diagnosis of babesia carrier animals. Kenyan Veterinarian 29:25-28. : Kenyan Veterinarian



Karanja, DN;, Ngatia TA;, Gathumbi JK.  2002.  Edema Disease Of Swine: A Major Disease Problem In Kenya. ..


Karanja., DN;, Ngatia TA;, Wandera JG.  1994.  The Role of Donkeys in Trypanosoma congolense infections..
Ng'ang'a, CJ;, Karanja DNR;, Wandera JG.  1994.  Obstructive Urolithiasis In A Herd Of Pigs In Kenya..


Karanja, DN;, Ngatia TA;, Wandera JG;, Njomo.  1993.  Common Gastrointestinal Parasites In Donkeys In Kenya..


Karanja, DN, Ngatia TA, Wandera JG.  1992.  Clinical and Pathological observations in Kenyan donkeys experimentally infected with Trypanosoma congolense. , Nairobi: University of Nairobi

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